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Kaeding "sorry for my teammates and coaches"

After San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding choked away Sunday’s playoff loss to the Jets, he offered a public apology to the people he let down.

“I never feel sorry for myself,” Kaeding said after the game. “I feel sorry for my teammates and coaches.”

Although many Chargers players avoided the media after the game, Kaeding answered questions for as long as reporters asked them, and they asked a lot. And he said he’s not going to let his horrendous playoff outing define him.

“It’s going to be a tough few months, but I have to get through it,” he said. “If you relish the good parts of it, you have to be able to work through the bad part as well. It’s a tough night, obviously, and we’ll let this rest and pick up the pieces.”

Kaeding said the snap and hold were good on all three missed field goals, and that he felt good during pregame warmups.

Ultimately, Kaeding said, the problem was quite simple: “I didn’t kick it between the uprights.”

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  1. Roboto says: Jan 18, 2010 7:59 AM

    You can’t blame Kaeding alone. Although, missing 3 times is unexcusable. The Chargers were beat down on the line. Both offensively and defensively. Jets did a great job.

  2. BornSlippy says: Jan 18, 2010 8:07 AM

    Kaeding is exactly why people hate kickers.
    So many of these guys will have great regular season numbers, then when the kicks count they literally piss themselves. They are so soft. What makes it worse is how ridiculous kaeding looks in his helmet, he looks like gazoo.

  3. Joe C says: Jan 18, 2010 8:09 AM

    This is why you don’t overpay for a kicker. He has only one job: Go out there and get 3 points. That’s it. And when he fails, it usually brings the other 50+ players down with him.
    The curse of Scott Norwood is still alive and well.

  4. this class sucks says: Jan 18, 2010 8:11 AM

    Way to sack up and take like a man and not a kicker. I remember the attitude Mike Vandergat had whenever he missed clutch kicks (which was often) and that made me hate him. I doubt this guy will be able to recover from a day like this but that is certainly a step in the right direction.

  5. pedrof says: Jan 18, 2010 8:11 AM

    * 2× Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2009)
    * 1× First-team All-Pro selection (2009)
    * 1× Second-team All-Pro selection (2006)
    * Lou Groza Award (2002)
    * NFL record Highest FG percentage (minimum 100 attempts) (87.2)

  6. pkrjones says: Jan 18, 2010 8:15 AM

    Good to see him man-up and not blame his holder, like some others do.
    If SD is so disgusted with his performance and feel the need to cut him I’m sure there are 26 or 27 other teams who wouldn’t mind that one bit.

  7. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 18, 2010 8:18 AM

    Like somebody said yesterday, the look on his face after missing the first one said it all.
    Dude choked big time, there’s no other way to put it.

  8. hotchick says: Jan 18, 2010 8:19 AM

    Nice to see a guy stand up and say I screwed up.

  9. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 8:21 AM

    the accurate kaedling didnt kick it between the uprights against the jets twice like the bengals also accurate kicker also twice didnt against the jets from even closer. BECAUSE each of them kicked it EXACTLY where they aimed it- WIDE and on PURPOSE!
    Just like indy TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS! Just like cinci TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS.
    nfl OWNERS WANTED new york ratings as well as favre/brees/peyton manning in this years WWF conference finals.
    and chargers did everything in the world yesterday to follow their orders and jets offense was so useless they still only won by a lousy field goal including 3 missed attempts that had to be missed. a wonderful kicking job by kaedling yesterday on those 2 makeable ones – although all 3 were. kaedling missed each one perfectly hit his target bulls-eye.
    wwf

  10. Bucforever says: Jan 18, 2010 8:22 AM

    Rivers and the SD offense needed to step up ,so they were not in a place to where they had to depend on field goals to win. I am sure that his team mates at least are not blaming him for the loss. Not enough points on the board? Don’t blame the kicker.

  11. phailing101 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:24 AM

    Thanks Kaeding- this is the easiest route to the Super Bowl we could have asked for!
    -Colts

  12. rich in cincy says: Jan 18, 2010 8:29 AM

    Glad he stayed and faced the media……S. Graham can learn a lot from him. He bolted the Bengals locker room right after game and didn’t talk to anyone. Coward!

  13. phailing101 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:34 AM

    Bob S. you are not an intelligent man. If you think the playoffs are rigged, you should go back to following the rodeo circuit.
    Wow.

  14. Anarcho Purplism says: Jan 18, 2010 8:36 AM

    Only 2 of the kicks were chokes.
    1st one was difficult.
    Either way……you can’t miss those other 2, especially the one at the end.

  15. Jaydub says: Jan 18, 2010 8:40 AM

    “kaedling”
    “kaedling”
    “kaedling”
    —————————–
    Hey Bob? Not that your conspiracy theory wasn’t falling down hilarious, but…who the hell is Kaedling? Was the name changed to protect the innocent, or is Lawrence Tynes, who appeared to be wearing Nate’s uni, just a bad speller?

  16. dhrodgers52 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:45 AM

    Bob S. you are clearly the biggest d-bag to walk the earth. I don’t even want to know which team you’re a fan of because you probably think there is a conspiracy against them so they will lose. No one ordered anyone to do anything so get over it. The Jets some how pulled this one out so pull out the tampon and take a look at the real world.

  17. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 8:47 AM

    isnt strange that when your qb becomes more inaccurate than ever your never missing field goal kicker in the same game does the exact same thing? are these the best 2 players to pay off when you fix a game?(cinci and san diego 2 weeks back to back)
    cinci last week, sd today, indy puts in painter, cinci tanks vs. jets
    new york bail out money was again used this season to fix football games!

  18. THEBEEPER says: Jan 18, 2010 8:48 AM

    Scott Norwood is home right with a glass of wine in one hand and smiling !

  19. Stu says: Jan 18, 2010 8:48 AM

    Hey Bob S. why don’t you go pour yourself another bowl of lucky charms and go back down to your mom’s basement. Leave the big boy discussions to the rest of us. Your ridiculous conspiracy theories don’t fly here.

  20. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jan 18, 2010 8:50 AM

    Just wondering if Rivers is still talking smack? That loser talks too much for a person who hasn’t won squat in this league.

  21. FootballFanatik says: Jan 18, 2010 8:50 AM

    Bob S. says:
    “BECAUSE each of them kicked it EXACTLY where they aimed it- WIDE and on PURPOSE!
    Just like indy TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS! Just like cinci TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS.
    nfl OWNERS WANTED new york ratings as well as favre/brees/peyton manning in this years WWF conference finals.
    and chargers did everything in the world yesterday to follow their orders and jets offense was so useless they still only won by a lousy field goal including 3 missed attempts that had to be missed. a wonderful kicking job by kaedling yesterday on those 2 makeable ones – although all 3 were. kaedling missed each one perfectly hit his target bulls-eye.
    wwf”
    ————————————-
    Thanks for the “eye roll, do-people-really-think-like-that?” post of the week.
    Stick to watching NASCAR or the WWE, asshat.

  22. ispysomething7 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:54 AM

    It’s all Norv Turner’s fault!

  23. redsquare says: Jan 18, 2010 8:55 AM

    @Bucforever, I agree with you – if the Chargers expect to win a playoff game by scoring only two touchdowns, that’s the problem.
    Relying on field goals is the tolling of doom for a playoff team. I mean, come on–a 57-yard attempt, any time besides the game’s final seconds? That’s absurd. The Chargers shouldn’t have put that kind of pressure on the kicker to begin with.
    I wonder if the rest of the media-avoiding team will step up and apologize for their own sorry performances.
    On a separate note, what’s with kickers in the NFL this year? I’ve never seen to many missed kicks, missed important kicks, by so many top teams. What’s going on?

  24. RIP__21 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:56 AM

    The guy just aint that good when it comes to making kicks in the playoffs.

  25. Angela says: Jan 18, 2010 8:59 AM

    I wonder if there’s some kicker’s disease going around this year. I can’t ever remember a season when so many critical field goals were missed.

  26. Verbal Kint says: Jan 18, 2010 9:04 AM

    We”ll trade you guys Shayne Graham, straight up.
    Signed,
    Mike Brown

  27. BornSlippy says: Jan 18, 2010 9:05 AM

    Not usually into conspiracy theories. But Jets need to sell PSL’s and Goodell is a former Jet employee.
    Considering the team nade it by 2 teams letting them win, it makes one wonder. A qb with 20 picks should not make it to the afccg.

  28. Bigbluefan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:06 AM

    Nice to see him man up you would never hear the cry baby rivers man up
    If he had completed a few more passes they would have not needed the FG to tie
    And it was also nice to see that the only thing merrymen beat all year was a girl

  29. PhillyFan950 says: Jan 18, 2010 9:08 AM

    For the record, he missed two FG’s…The 2nd of the 3 (at the half) was just trying to get lucky and 99% of kickers will miss that kick during any game from pre season to the super bowl…
    However, kicks one and three were BAD!
    Funny, did anyone notice he got the TV “Stat” jinx twice in one game? The first fg said something like “Kaeding has never missed inside the 40″ (or since like 2004 or something) and than SHANK!
    The next one was like “Kaeding has never missed 3 FG’s in a game” SHANK!
    Sorry but I thought these things only happen to the Eagles lol…

  30. bornman3 says: Jan 18, 2010 9:12 AM

    Go ahead and blame the kicker. I blame the offense for not putting it in the endzone.

  31. Treezs says: Jan 18, 2010 9:17 AM

    “You can’t blame Kaeding alone. Although, missing 3 times is unexcusable. The Chargers were beat down on the line. Both offensively and defensively. Jets did a great job.”
    Didn’t see those parts of the game. Chargers moved the ball fine, left 9 points on the table, and gave the Jets the ball inside the 20 twice.

  32. wwwmattcom says: Jan 18, 2010 9:20 AM

    He may not feel sorry for himself, but I feel sorry for him. I couldn’t handle being a kicker in the NFL.
    Maybe you win as a team and lose as a team, so I will say, Kaeding was a Jet yesterday. Nice PAT though.

  33. d.b.cooper says: Jan 18, 2010 9:25 AM

    Did Kaeding piss away his chances for the San Diego HOF at Balboa Park with his “performance” yesterday?

  34. Raiderman says: Jan 18, 2010 9:30 AM

    Sebastian Janikowski – 26-29 – 90%. 61 yard field goal in cold conditions in Cleveland in December and this guy goes ahead of him to the pro-bowl, gee nice voting there voters.

  35. thehoodedone says: Jan 18, 2010 9:31 AM

    Blame A J Smith for that loss. Kaeding should have been sent packing after choking away the N.E game in 2006. Why would you hang onto a kicker who lost you 2 playoff games? You don’t learn “clutch”. I hate the Jets but here’s hoping they make NaPolian pay for laying down.

  36. Billy The Kid says: Jan 18, 2010 9:33 AM

    Bob S. says:
    January 18, 2010 8:21 AM
    the accurate kaedling didnt kick it between the uprights against the jets twice like the bengals also accurate kicker also twice didnt against the jets from even closer. BECAUSE each of them kicked it EXACTLY where they aimed it- WIDE and on PURPOSE!
    Just like indy TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS! Just like cinci TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS.
    nfl OWNERS WANTED new york ratings as well as favre/brees/peyton manning in this years WWF conference finals.
    and chargers did everything in the world yesterday to follow their orders and jets offense was so useless they still only won by a lousy field goal including 3 missed attempts that had to be missed. a wonderful kicking job by kaedling yesterday on those 2 makeable ones – although all 3 were. kaedling missed each one perfectly hit his target bulls-eye.
    wwf
    ———————————–
    On a site full of ridiculous posts, this is by far the most ridiculous post I’ve EVER read.
    Really, think about this for a minute…with all the people that it would take to make a “fix” like this happen, it would CERTAINLY get out a some point.
    Not to mention, most fans in this country, outside of NY, were looking forward to a SD-Indy game than a NYJ-anybody else game. Hell, most of the people in NY care about the Giants, not the Jets.
    So Bob S, quit complaining about fixes and go pay your bookie because the only people who complain about fixes are people who lose wagers.

  37. Jack in the Jack says: Jan 18, 2010 9:34 AM

    Kaeding should also apologize to the fans. I have no patience for kickers. It’s your only job.

  38. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 9:35 AM

    #1- i thought the nfl announcers were telling all you airheads that mike vanderjagt was the MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER OF ALL TIME
    asnd now you still swallow their assinine stats!
    dhrodgers52 says:
    Bob S. you are clearly the biggest d-bag to walk the earth. I don’t even want to know which team you’re a fan of

    wakey wakey little boy! they dont only bet on teams they “cheer” for! they do it to teams that appear as MUCH THE BETTER TEAM agaoinst a very inferior foe thus ensuring serious betting by the public on the favorite who they have TOTAL CONTROL OF!
    and its gone on all this year! if you can explain how chargers staff suddenly becomes stupid, players too, rivers inaccurate, receivers a;ll become butterfingers, accurate kicker kicks 2 field goals the shorter 2 exactly where he aimed them, bonehead pena;lties, wasted timeouts, and they still only lost by just 3 points- just how bad a team is this jets team.
    that game yesterday was fixed! fixed! WWF!
    WWWF SUPER BOWL!
    its entertainment nothing else. certainly no longer a sport.
    what sport has a guy take a handoff 12 times a game and gain 1 yard then fall to the ground in a clump on contact with any opposition player? and you then give him the ball again? if tomlinson is a nfl player in 2009-10 then whoopi gooldberg is an athlete too.

  39. smiley says: Jan 18, 2010 9:39 AM

    Keep your head up dude!! You helped get them there…..come to Washington and kick for us. Hail!

  40. MoPackerFan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:42 AM

    You conspiracy nuts should go back to your compounds in the woods and stock ammo and toilet paper.
    Of course, since your teams lost it is all rigged.
    Dumbasses.

  41. stetai says: Jan 18, 2010 9:43 AM

    I don’t know why teams have any loyalty to kickers. They are completely interchangable, and the only time they are truly depended on, is in last minute FG’s, and FG’s in the playoffs. If the only FG’s you are good for is padding a score in Week 8, then get the F out.
    Hey Chargers, how many times do you want to lose playoff games because of your kicker? They aren’t exactly “rare”, get a new one for Crissakes.

  42. Steeler4life says: Jan 18, 2010 9:45 AM

    He was my fantasy football hero. Give the guy a break.

  43. Steeler4life says: Jan 18, 2010 9:45 AM

    Are the Chargers the Cowboys of the AFC?

  44. stetai says: Jan 18, 2010 9:45 AM

    As for those scoffing at the idea of a NFL game being fixed (or any sporting event for that matter), don’t be so naive.
    You are probably the idiots who thought McGwire and Sosa were hitting 70 home runs because of hard work and dedication.
    For anyone that’s watched a Peyton Manning or Steelers game, you’ve witnessed first hand what power a referee has.
    THe NBA’s already been outed for this by that one referee. Don’t be naive people, and don’t be blinded by your love for the NFL either.

  45. turboreattore says: Jan 18, 2010 9:49 AM

    What about the “great” Philip Rivers throwing multiple incompletions on every third down and an awful interception that changed the game?

  46. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 9:54 AM

    Raiderman
    Sebastian Janikowski

    if he was told to miss from the 29 in a nationally televised night or only tv game still on when raiders were big favorites to win, he would do exactly what kaedling purposely did yesterday 3 times or graham twice the week before vs. the jets. the team THIS YEAR nfl gets teams to tank games against.

  47. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 18, 2010 9:54 AM

    hahaha Chargers are cursed….they’ll never amount to anything other then a very good football team that can never make it to the big dance

  48. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 18, 2010 9:57 AM

    Bob S. is hilarious.
    It’s better to be lucky than good. And that’s what the Jets are. Two of the leagues most accurate kickers blow it against them in the playoffs.

  49. Richm2256 says: Jan 18, 2010 10:00 AM

    Bob S. has once again cemented his status as the single most consistant idiot ever to grace PFT.
    He once again wins the coveted “Tin Foil Helmet” award.
    Dude, you’re either thirteeen years old or have sustained a major head injury.
    ————————————————–
    I’ll agree that it’s nice to see a kicker stand up and own the blame, very rare. That said, I’d rather see him just kick the damn ball straight in the first place.
    THREE MISSED FIELD GOALS?????? In a game decided by THREE POINTS?????
    Somewhere Adam Vinitieri felt ashamed for his profession yesterday.
    Oh, and so glad that the entire “best team in the NFL” Chargers CHOKED once again.
    I have never seen a team who has done so little, talk so much smack.

  50. ClevePhil says: Jan 18, 2010 10:04 AM

    As a Browns fan who has lived through The Drives 1 and 2; The Fumble, The Interception and various other meltdowns and giveaways, I can commiserate with the Charger fans. All I can say is that you do, eventually, learn to live with it, (not get over it). The worst times are when “The NFL’s Greatest Games” comes on and you get all excited about a classic football game in the middle of July, then realize that it’s your team getting beat, again. That sucks.

  51. Duan says: Jan 18, 2010 10:12 AM

    A lot of coaches philosophy is this, you should NEVER put yourself in a position, to rely on kicker! PERIOD!
    Let me repeat, YOU should NEVER put yourself in a position – to where you have to depend on a kicker for points, points after a touchdown, yes! Points for a FG, that’s when it gets interesting.
    The three kicks he missed, account for 9 points towards the chargers! 9 points! Those are a lot of mssed points, in a game where the final score was 17-14!
    It’s a damned if you don’t type of job, but you are a part of the team as well and you just have to rise to the occasion! Can anyone say Adam “Nuga”tierri! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. Peoples Champ says: Jan 18, 2010 10:17 AM

    Bob. S is at it again with theory after theory! Take your retarded ass back to the circus with that bufoonery!
    Bottom line is, Kaeding and the Chargers choked. Period. That’s not arguable.

  53. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 10:22 AM

    Duan says:
    A lot of coaches philosophy is this, you should NEVER put yourself in a position, to rely on kicker! PERIOD!

    AND ITS ABSOLUTE BS!
    thats why you see so many game winning field goals, not to mention that most nfl games are decided by less than a touchdown.

  54. James says: Jan 18, 2010 10:28 AM

    You can’t blame Kaeding alone. Although, missing 3 times is unexcusable. The Chargers were beat down on the line. Both offensively and defensively. Jets did a great job.
    ————————-
    Of course you can blame Kaeding. They were leading by a TD at the half. Had he made those first 2 fieldgoal kicks it would have been 13-0 going into the half. When your team loses by 3 points and you miss 3 fieldgoals it is your fault. Like it has been said, the guy’s job is to kick field goals. He makes just ONE of those kicks and this game goes into overtime. I’ll agree that this isn’t all his fault, but at the end of the day he’s the face people blame this morning and I can blame them when your team loses by 3 and you left 9 pts out on the field.

  55. Bob S. says: Jan 18, 2010 10:31 AM

    sterilize t henry
    does my award beat your tim donaghuy and jose canseco and barry bonds sports honesty award?
    or do i have to do more?
    how about soccer fixes in italy’s main league?
    or why rozelle begged vegas to put kansas city chiefs games back on the nfl lines because people were getting suspicious that something was fishy?
    did you know steelers, giants and cardinals owners were all bookmakers once?
    or did you just fall off the turnip truck?

  56. Billy The Kid says: Jan 18, 2010 10:32 AM

    Wait everybody, Bob S may have a point.
    Remember when the NFL fixed the game last year in the same Divisional Round so the the NEW YORK Giants would play in the NFC Title game?
    Oh wait, you say the Eagles beat the Giants? Oh, well….umm, carry on then…
    Seriously though, if the NFL were into fixing things in the interest of ratings, wouldn’t the Packers be going to Minnesota for the NFC title game?
    They’d have Favre Bowl 3 in the 6:30 slot next Sunday night. That’s ratings GOLD…not the boring Jets at Colts at 3:30.
    NOTE: Not throwing a jab at the Jets. They’re winning games the way they have to. Nothing wrong with that…but even the biggest Jets fan in the world has to admit that it is boring football.

  57. gweetarman says: Jan 18, 2010 10:35 AM

    Nothing makes me happier than seeing the Chargers choke again. I’m actually shocked at how excited I still am that they are again one and done after winning so many games. This is an annual thing for them and I LOVE IT. Talk about the most overrated team in NFL history…they simply cannot win the important games. Wow this is satisfying. I hate that team more than any other team in football. Rivers and LT are both punks and Merriman and Philips just sound like fools when they speak. The fans SUCK in San Diego. Every week you have a winning team and you barely avoid a blackout. HAHAHAHAHA. Wow. I’d be impressed with myself if I were you. I suppose if your team had ever won ANYTHING I could understand your laziness but you haven’t. And you never will with this team. It’s over for you San Diego. You’re on the decline. I LOVE IT.

  58. savagenation says: Jan 18, 2010 10:44 AM

    The mob got to him and he was told to miss them on purpose. Probably found a horses head in his bed

  59. wychwood says: Jan 18, 2010 10:44 AM

    Going into game, Kaeding was the last guy I thought we’d have to worry about. Three missed field goals hurt but I actually thought all those foolish penalties hurt us more. Too many 3rd and long situations. One could arguably say Kaeding’s 3 misses were result of 3 drives that died because of foolish penalties.

  60. AWestcave says: Jan 18, 2010 10:55 AM

    @BornSlippy:
    “So many of these guys will have great regular season numbers, then when the kicks count they literally piss themselves.”
    _________________
    …gross.

  61. er pete says: Jan 18, 2010 10:59 AM

    Some kickers just can’t make the big kick. Ask Ray Finkle.

  62. Adam says: Jan 18, 2010 10:59 AM

    No point in the Colts kicking.

  63. Im a Man! Im Forte!! says: Jan 18, 2010 11:06 AM

    Bob S – Jump in front of a bus ASAP

  64. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Jan 18, 2010 11:20 AM

    @Roboto
    You can’t blame Kaeding alone. Although, missing 3 times is unexcusable. The Chargers were beat down on the line. Both offensively and defensively. Jets did a great job.
    The Chargers DID get beat on the OL, but they have in every game. It wasn’t as dominant for the Jets’ OL though. The Chargers took it to them pretty well but the offense kept the defense on the field the whole freaking game. Even in the end there there was little push by the Jets’ OL but they just weren’t flying to the ball and the RB’s had a hole because no one stepped up.
    As for offense, the Charger’s passing attack was KILLING the Jets, yet NORV chose to run EVERY FREAKING FIRST DOWN for 1 maybe 2 yards. The Chargers SUCKED running the ball all year yet trys to commit to the run in a game we obviously were dominating in the air. The Chargers should have abandoned the run in the 2nd quarter and they would have won by a pretty large margin
    And what’s up with the stupid penalties? Didn’t they do that against NE in 06? It’s like they’re a group of young players…..except they’re veterans. Different coach, same result. They gotta find who it is in the locker room and snuff him out!

  65. BigOx says: Jan 18, 2010 11:20 AM

    Can you imagine playing the Jets for a chance at the SuperBowl?! A team that would probably be 7-9 if you move a couple of regular season games around. Kudos to them for beating the Bengals and Chargers but I think the fairy tale ends next week in Indy – and no, I’m not a Colts fan.

  66. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Jan 18, 2010 11:28 AM

    Of course you can blame Kaeding. They were leading by a TD at the half. Had he made those first 2 fieldgoal kicks it would have been 13-0 going into the half. When your team loses by 3 points and you miss 3 fieldgoals it is your fault. Like it has been said, the guy’s job is to kick field goals. He makes just ONE of those kicks and this game goes into overtime. I’ll agree that this isn’t all his fault, but at the end of the day he’s the face people blame this morning and I can blame them when your team loses by 3 and you left 9 pts out on the field.
    ——————————
    If Kaeding makes one of those kicks then it’s a different game. If the Chargers are up by 10 going into the 3rd then the Jets get a little worried and pass where they might have ran and the game completely changes.
    It was obvious that when Kaeding missed those first 2 FG’s the game changed. The emotions on both side switched. After the first miss you could see Rex going crazy and the Jets started to pound the ball. THAT is what changed the game. If he had made that FG then momentum would have stayed with SD and game might have been different.
    But watching the game without looking at the score I would have guessed the Chargers up by 21 points in the first half. They dominated on both sides of the ball but killed themselves with penalties and kicker blunders. Not knocking the Jets because they stuck to their game plan but were clearly outmatched in the first half. The Jets just sat back and played smart football and allowed the chargers to implode

  67. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 18, 2010 11:56 AM

    Kaeding can’t deliver under pressure. Simple as that. I’m starting to think he’s a sibling of Donovan Mcnabb

  68. stnmmc says: Jan 18, 2010 2:01 PM

    # Bob S. says: January 18, 2010 8:21 AM
    the accurate kaedling didnt kick it between the uprights against the jets twice like the bengals also accurate kicker also twice didnt against the jets from even closer. BECAUSE each of them kicked it EXACTLY where they aimed it- WIDE and on PURPOSE!
    Just like indy TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS! Just like cinci TANKED I MEAN FIXED THE GAME AGAINSTY JETS.
    nfl OWNERS WANTED new york ratings as well as favre/brees/peyton manning in this years WWF conference finals.
    and chargers did everything in the world yesterday to follow their orders and jets offense was so useless they still only won by a lousy field goal including 3 missed attempts that had to be missed. a wonderful kicking job by kaedling yesterday on those 2 makeable ones – although all 3 were. kaedling missed each one perfectly hit his target bulls-eye.
    wwf
    ————————–
    World Wildlife Fund?

  69. shawnc16 says: Jan 18, 2010 2:16 PM

    I never understand this thinking of don’t blame the kicker they should have scored a TD. If a WR drops an easy touchdown it’s his fault. If a kicker misses a easy kick its his fault. Sure a TD is the best outcome but a FG is part of the game so a kicker is fair game when he blows it. Depending on a FG is not like depending on a Hail Mary touchdown. That said at least Keading put them blame on his shoulders.
    By the way does the S. stand for stupid Bob?

  70. AutumnWind999 says: Jan 18, 2010 2:48 PM

    How much better is Janikowski than Kaeding? Laughable that this guy made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams because he had about a hundred chip shot FGs during the reg season.

  71. The Godfather R1 says: Jan 18, 2010 3:29 PM

    Bob… I make it simple for you to understand why all those kickers misses on FGs attempts vs the NYJets… its just 1 simple reason, they FEAR the Jets Defense… They make Kickers Flinch a moment they kick the dam* ball. The New York Jets’ Defense are just that terrorizing…

  72. GB3Pack4 says: Jan 18, 2010 4:33 PM

    Classy. Mature. He’ll be back.

  73. ispysomething7 says: Jan 18, 2010 5:04 PM

    Remember, Rick Ankiel forgot how to throw a strike and Chuck Knoblauch forgot how to throw to first base.

  74. MasterShake says: Jan 18, 2010 10:05 PM

    He can kick for the Cowboys next year.

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